While the conversation started off with Obama saying “great to be with you” to O’Reilly, it ended on a rather bitter note with the U.S. president holding Fox News and its anchors responsible for promoting anti-government ideas.
Before you watch the second half of the interview on Monday night, here is a recap of the three most important and intense moments from the heated discussion.
The first time O’Reilly received a long, awkward pause from the president was when the anchor asked Obama why he hadn’t fired Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, over the healthcare website glitches.
This is how the conversation went:
O’Reilly: And I'm paying Kathleen Sebelius' salary and she screwed up.
O'Reilly: And you're not holding her accountable.
Obama: Yes, well, I -- I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable. But when we're...
O'Reilly: But she's still there.
Obama: -- when we're in midstream, Bill, we want to make sure that our main focus is how do we make this thing work so that people are able to sign up? And that's what we've done.
O'Reilly: All right.
Obamacare “The Biggest Mistake?”
A few moments later, O’Reilly asked Obama if he considered the Affordable Care Act law as the “biggest mistake of his presidency.
Obama responded by arguing that the implementation of Obama was an ongoing process, and he was willing to improve the program rather than dwelling on past mistakes.
“I try to focus not on the fumbles but on the next play,” Obama said.
The most heated statements came when O’Reilly shifted his focus to Benghazi, with the host and the president often interrupting each other’s sentences.
"Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out," O’Reilly said. "That's what they believe."
"And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that," Obama shot back.
"These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them," he said.